Courtesy of George Holland
Oregon redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota has burst onto the national radar behind a 2013 campaign in which he has passed for 2,281 yards, rushed for 511 yards and accounted for 29 total touchdowns.
In this week’s issue, senior writer Austin Murphy writes about how ( and why ) the nucleus of the Pac-12 is changing, as No. 2 Oregon prepares to face off with No. 5 Stanford (7-1) on Nov. 7.
The Cardinal upset the Ducks 17-14 in overtime in the teams’ last meeting in 2012 at Autzen Stadium.
“This game will have everything,” Murphy writes.
“It’s Oregon’s second-ranked offense, led by quarterback Marcus Mariota, against Stanford inside linebacker Shayne Skov and the Cardinal’s 25th-ranked D. It’s a play-in to the Pac-12 title game, and the latest dramatization of the conference’s power shift from Los Angeles. It’s a clash of fashions — the Cardinal’s basic red-and-white versus whatever space-age design the Ducks are rocking — and of philosophies reflected by those unis: Stanford’s old-school, smash mouth power game versus Oregon’s no-huddle, hurry-up Blur attack.”
Murphy also delves into both programs’ recent surge in resources, highlighted by Oregon’s new state-of-the-art football facilities.